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Eli Valley, Game-changer?

By Dan Friedman

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Has Eli Valley, Forward columnist, changed the future of Israel as we know it?

This is from an article about Foxman and Avigdor Lieberman’s proposed Loyalty Oath for Israeli citizens in February:

But the Anti-Defamation League, an organization that is quick to spot instances of discrimination, says Lieberman is right to be concerned about apparent acts of disloyalty by Israeli Arabs. Abraham Foxman, the ADL’s national director, noted with concern the trips by Arab Israeli Knesset members to enemy states and expressions of solidarity with Hamas by Israeli Arabs during Israel’s recent military operation in the Gaza Strip. “There were a lot of people who said, ‘Hey, that’s disloyal,’ ” Foxman told JTA. “That’s what he’s talking about. He’s not saying expel them. He’s not saying punish them.”

Then we print Eli Valley’s Abe Foxworthy, In which a science experiment goes horribly wrong causing a genetic mixture of Foxman and comedian Jeff Foxworthy (author of “Redneck Dictionary” and “How to Stink at Work”) states that he is “here to defend ‘loyalty oaths’ for citizenship —not only in Israel but also in the confederate states of America”

And the effect is almost instantaneous. In the latest Jewish Week Foxman (not Foxworthy) is quoted as saying:

It’s odious. Zionism is something you should aspire to, but it shouldn’t be something that you get punished for if you don’t. … Americans are not comfortable with loyalty oaths — this goes back to our experience with McCarthy.

Is it too much to contemplate Foxman having an epiphany after seeing his genetically altered twin in Eli’s hall of mirrors?


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Comments
Jack Mon. Jun 1, 2009

Way to go, Eli! I think this puts you in the same league as Thomas Nast, something many cartoonists aspire to, but few achieve. Kol kavod!




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